xylophone

noun
xy·lo·phone | \ˈzī-lə-ˌfōn also ˈzi- \

Definition of xylophone 

: a percussion instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars graduated in length to produce the musical scale, supported on belts of straw or felt, and sounded by striking with two small wooden hammers

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xylophonist \ˈzī-lə-ˌfō-nist also ˈzi- \ noun

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Instrumentation including synths, xylophones and strings make appearances on Down Below, which has been embraced by fans of extreme metal and indie rock cred gatekeepers like Pitchfork alike. Bram Teitelman, Billboard, "Not So 'Down Below': Swedish Black Metal Band Tribulation Makes Heatseekers Chart Impact," 1 Mar. 2018 Mini xylophones, guitars and drums were scattered across a picnic blanket. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires Day 1 recap: The 'mystery' lineup is released, and some reply, 'Meh'," 6 July 2018 The instruments were a piano keyboard, a guitar, a xylophone and a drum. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 2018 Watch as the famous architecture drowns in rainbows, becomes a geological xylophone, and downright dazzles the sense with vibrant form and beauty below. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Watch Sydney Opera House Burst Into Color With Eprom's Sound," 29 May 2018 The recording studio is equipped with a drum kit, xylophones, keyboards, guitars, a ukulele, a set of tone chimes, amps and a full recording soundboard. Timothy Finn, kansascity, "There's just something about the power of music: It helps us heal, cope, brings joy | The Kansas City Star," 6 Apr. 2018 There was a lidless percussion box with a kid’s xylophone and noisemakers and shakers that Merritt and Gonson had bought at the Toys R Us in Framingham, Massachusetts, in the late eighties, and used in their early recordings. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, "Stephin Merritt Unpacks His Peripatetic Past," 11 June 2018 Others had the slow, acoustic feel of the first album, minus the ever-present xylophones. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Finding the Soundtrack to My Desert Life," 25 Apr. 2018 Once the Wives leave Waterford Central, Serena sits in her beautiful and underutilized living room, playing with a xylophone. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 4 Recap: Helicopter Aunts," 9 May 2018

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of xylophone was in 1866

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xylophone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of xylophone

: a musical instrument that has a set of wooden bars of different lengths that are hit with hammers

xylophone

noun
xy·lo·phone | \ˈzī-lə-ˌfōn \

Kids Definition of xylophone

: a musical instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars of different lengths that are struck by special mallets to produce musical notes

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